Eating A Heart-Healthy Diet
Eating a heart-healthy diet is recommended for heart valve patients to avoid additional types of heart problems that can weaken the heart. Doctors hypothesize a healthy diet may help prevent the development of a type of heart valve disease known as aortic stenosis. Healthy eating can lower both blood pressure and cholesterol, and this reduces strain on the heart and the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Patients who are overweight can often lose weight by following a nutrition program, and this weight loss helps the heart work better with less effort. A heart-healthy diet consists of mostly plants. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts are all healthy options for patients with valve diseases.
Doctors may recommend heart patients consider trying the DASH or Mediterranean diets, and a consultation with a nutritionist may help patients learn dietary methods for managing particular symptoms caused by their disease or the medications they take for it. In particular, heart valve disease patients need to limit salt in their diets and pay attention to how much vitamin K they consume. Doctors can provide individualized advice on recommended limits for these nutrients.
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